Objection to Claro’s IPTV licence enters court

26 Jan 2012

Puerto Rican triple-play cable network operators OneLink Communications and Choice Cable have brought a legal case to the Federal Court of Puerto Rico against the recent approval of an IPTV licence issued to incumbent national PSTN operator Puerto Rico Telephone Company (Claro). TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that in September 2011 Puerto Rico’s Telecommunications Regulatory Board (TRB) indicated that it would grant an IPTV licence to Claro which had originally been requested by the operator in 2008; OneLink had successfully objected to the original application from the telco, but the island’s Supreme Court overruled the objection in June 2010. America Movil subsidiary Claro already offers satellite-based pay-TV services under the banner ‘Claro TV’, which it launched in April 2010. NexTV Latam reports that, following the TRB’s approval of Claro’s IPTV licensing conditions in November 2011, the telco is cleared to launch IPTV services regardless of any ongoing court action, as confirmed by TRB president Sandra Torres. Meanwhile, however, OneLink intends to overturn the decision in court, based on alleged evidence of illegal commercial practices, including ‘crossed subsidies, between [Claro’s] telephone and Claro TV services,’ claims which it says are corroborated by certain members of TRB.